Do you have a budding architect or engineer in your home? We sure do. Both of our boys love to build and create structures with just about anything they can get their hands on. We have a fun product to tell you about that is perfect for kids ages 3 and up who love to build.
You may remember our review and giveaway of Superstructs by WABA Fun back in November 2010. We are excited to tell you about another series of Superstructs called Arc-A-Teks. They get your preschooler building, creating and using their imagination.
Our six year old had some fun of his own with these little guys and they are proudly displayed on his book shelf in his room.
The two little guys pictured above are called Googie and Bluper. We’ll tell you a little more about them later. Aaron loved building these and was able to do it by himself, which is super important for him. If he’s trying to build something and he has to ask for help, he just gets frustrated. With the Arc-A-Teks, he followed the simple step by step instructions and a few minutes later, he had Googie and Bluper to show for it.
As parents, we like Arc-A-Teks because of the learning and creative factor, as well as the fact that they teach independent play. They also aren’t a ‘build it once and never play with it again’ kind of toy. After Aaron built his Arc-A-Teks, not only does he display them, but he also plays with them afterwards. Googie just so happens to love to stand on the top of a castle Aaron has in his room. I think it has something to do with the fact that Googie lives in the Empire State Building.
That’s right. Googie, an Earth character, lives in the Empire State Building in New York City! He loves all sorts of skyscrapers like the Dubai Tower – currently the tallest building in the world. He’s also a fan of geodesic domes and arches.
The higher up he can get, the better!
The other guy, Bluper, an Earth character, is also called the “Engineer” and resides in Yankee Stadium in New York City! He’s great at drawing blueprints, hence his name. He’s a master of using the right materials to make buildings strong in case of hurricanes or earthquakes.
And, as if these weren’t cool enough, when you buy an Earth set, two trading cards inside will give you the codes to enter at http://arcateks.superstructs.com/ to unveil instructions for building a third character, Copula, using parts from Bluper and Googie. How creative is that?!
There are three styles of Arc-A-Teks, with 40-42 connector pieces, enough to build two complete Arc-a-Teks characters simultaneously.
Arc-A-Teks are designed for kids ages 3 and up and can be found for an affordable $9.99 at Toys R Us. Here are two of the other sets available.
For more information about the Arc-A-Teks, head on over to their website.
Disclaimer: ToyXplosion received Arc-A-Teks to review. No other compensation was received and the opinions are our own.